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Steve Bannon Reminds Us What Trumpism Is All About

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hosted former Trump campaign and White Advisor Steve Bannon in an extended interview that aired over the weekend. Given that most CHQ readers are not CNN fans we sacrificed and tuned-Steve Bannonin the anti-Trump channel, so we could share the key points with our readers.

The best indication that there was something worth hearing was the reaction of Kurt Bardella, disgraced Capitol Hill aide, former Republican, Huffington Post columnist and one of CNN’s all-purpose anti-Trump do-boys.

Bardella’s reaction to the Bannon interview was interesting, if only for its failure to engage on the merits of what Bannon had to say, instead he (as usual) just engaged in a personal trashing of Bannon and Trump:

The entire time I’m watching this infomercial, I’m wondering, “Why the hell is CNN giving Steve Bannon an hour to try and rehabilitate his relationship with Donald Trump?” It makes even less sense than repeatedly inviting Kellyanne Conway on air to give blatantly misleading or meaningless explanations of administration policy (most of us call them lies).

Now, here, in excerpt form, without commentary, is what Bannon had to say.

“Immigration is not just about sovereignty; it's about jobs.”

“Mass illegal immigration is the Chamber of Commerce and a lot of the Republican Party who want to flood the zone... it's unfair competition for Black and Hispanic working class [citizens] you've got so much [illegal alien] labor in agriculture, in oil field services and the service industries that you have this unlimited pool of labor to draw from…”

“We have to start to carve some space out to allow our citizens to get those jobs that's why I've said from day one the Democratic Party, and particularly from Bernie Sanders and the labor movement, and the reason I've said we can carve off 25 to 30 percent of populists to economic nationalism is that at the end of the day they don't have an answer for mass illegal immigration...”

“…Economic nationalism doesn't care about race, ethnicity, religion. [It] doesn't care about gender, doesn't care about religion, it doesn't care what your sexual preference is. It cares about if you're a United States citizen.”

"The H-1B Visa where you come and take the jobs of American citizens is just not acceptable… And that's not racist."

"The central beating heart of this is that Hispanics and blacks have to get into the high valley tech jobs, we're not doing that as long as they have unfair competition.”

"The wall is central. The wall is not just totemic. The wall is absolutely central to his [President Trump’s] program."

“I believe the government will actually shut down in the run-up to the election… I believe that what [President Trump] going to do is, as we come up on Sept. 30, if that appropriations bill does not include spending to fully build his wall — not some $1.6 billion for prototypes, I mean to build the southern wall — I believe he will shut down the government.”

"They refused to give these documents to [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin] Nunes. I think he ought to be given a direct order… You turn every document associated with this spy. Give whatever the FBI did, whatever the CIA did [to Nunes].”

“You turn over every document, and if he [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein] doesn’t turn it over, you give him 24 hours. If he doesn’t turn it over, I would fire him, and that’s not obstruction of justice… That’s giving a law enforcement officer a direct order to turn over documents to Capitol Hill, and if he doesn’t do it, I would fire him.”

“If Bernie Sanders would have been more confrontational and had more stones he would have been the nominee and we would have had a real fight with Donald Trump in the run-up to … ’16, not Hillary Clinton.”

This may be the only commercial we ever give for CNN, but it is worth your time to watch the Fareed Zakaria interview with Steve Bannon: see it on YouTube through this link.

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Steve knew all this was true about being a Conservative for Trump. So, I really did not understand why he trashed him at times. I guess he was angry at his firing... He is right. We do not pay attention to skin color at all. We are not racists.